Independent Guåhan to organize second event to assist elders with war reparations May 19

by Independent Guåhan
Stripes Guam

April 30, 2018 – Last December, Independent Guåhan organized the event, “Ayuda i Mañainå-ta,” which assisted 165 elders in the completion of their war claims applications. In response to public demand, Independent Guåhan is partnering with the Guam War Survivors Memorial Foundation and others to organize “Ayuda i Mañainå-ta Dos,” which will take place on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Guam Humanities and Social Sciences Atrium.

In 2016, after more than seven decades, the US government passed a law providing reparations for Chamoru survivors of the Japanese occupation. While Independent Guåhan acknowledges the problematic nature of this law, which deems the majority war survivors ineligible, it still represents a chance for our manåmko’ to receive some compensation for what they suffered and help give closure to this violent period of Guåhan’s history.

“Ayuda i Mañainå-ta Dos” is an event designed to assist our manåmko’ in the completion of their compensation application and a celebration of their lives and struggle. Trained volunteers will be onsite to help claimants properly document their story, complete their forms and notarize their applications. Families are encouraged to attend, as there will also be food, live music, film screenings and a booth for oral history collection.

“Ayuda i Mañainå-ta Dos” is made possible through the support of the Guam War Survivors Memorial Foundation, the Office of Dean James Sellmann, UOG College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, UOG Office of Information Technology, Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services Division of Senior Citizens, and Galaide Professional Service, Inc.

Independent Guåhan is still seeking volunteers to assist with the completion of war claims forms and other logistics for the event, as well as monetary or food donations for refreshments. Those interested in volunteering or providing donations can contact Francine Naputi at (671) 482-9674 or email

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